- Bo Levi Mitchell might return to action, splitting first-team quarterback reps with Matthew Shiltz.
- Mitchell’s past injury and Shiltz’s recent performance throw uncertainty over the starting QB decision.
- Despite QB injuries, the Ticats qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, aiming for the Eastern Semi-Final.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a staple of the Canadian Football League (CFL), have witnessed a whirlwind of dynamics around their quarterback position, making it one of the central talking points this season. The recent revelations about Bo Levi Mitchell’s potential return to the playing field have added another layer to the narrative.
TSN’s Dave Naylor first broke the news that Mitchell and Matthew Shiltz, both pivotal to the Ticats, were splitting first-team quarterback reps during practice. This development indicates Mitchell’s steady recovery from injuries that placed him on the six-game injured list twice this season.
Despite these setbacks, the quarterback’s reputation remains intact, considering his previous ten-year-long association with the Calgary Stampeders. During his stint with the Stamps, Mitchell was crucial in driving the team to Grey Cup victories in 2014 and 2018, besides clinching the CFL Most Outstanding Player title twice.
However, it’s not just about Mitchell. The other notable name in the mix, Matthew Shiltz, has also faced injuries this season. He showcased resilience when he stepped in during the Ticats’ triumph over the Stamps, recording 11-19 passes for 225 yards and adding two touchdowns and an interception. This robust performance was after replacing rookie QB Taylor Powell, who was the de facto QB1 for the eight preceding games due to injuries to both Mitchell and Shiltz.
Taylor Powell‘s contributions to the Ticats in the absence of the senior quarterbacks cannot be understated. He started nine games, maintaining a commendable 4-5 record, and passing for 2,177 yards and ten touchdowns.
Mitchell’s anticipated return isn’t devoid of emotion. After suffering a fractured leg against the Ottawa Redblacks, getting back to the field holds special significance for him.
Yet, there’s an air of mystery regarding who will start under centre this week. With Mitchell and Shiltz sharing first-team reps, the team’s decision remains undisclosed. Head coach Orlondo Steinauer emphasized ensuring Mitchell’s readiness before any final call.
The next challenge for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, currently holding a 7-8 record, is against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-9) on Saturday, Oct. 7. The outcome of this game and the quarterback who leads the charge will be keenly watched by CFL enthusiasts.
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